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“I was not aware of the hardship” Foodbank Histories from North-East England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alison Atkinson-Phillips, Jack Hepworth, Professor Graham Smith, Silvia Fisch



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This article reports on Foodbank Histories, a multi-organisational project connecting oral histories and social justice at Newcastle West End Foodbank (NWEF). Foodbank Histories recorded interviews with clients, volunteers, and supporters of NWEF, aiming to raise awareness of food poverty and generate income for the foodbank. We outline the proliferation of foodbanks in contemporary Britain, and situate Newcastle in its socio-political and geographical contexts. The article reviews the methodology and epistemology of this collaborative project, and particularly the challenges of coproduction. It also details the ongoing public outputs from this dynamic project.

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Author(s): Atkinson-Philllips A, Hepworth J, Smith G, Fisch S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public History Review

Year: 2019

Volume: 26

Pages: 1-25

Print publication date: 04/12/2019

Online publication date: 04/01/2019

Acceptance date: 01/10/2019

Date deposited: 06/01/2020

ISSN (electronic): 1833-4989

Publisher: UTS ePRESS


DOI: 10.5130/phrj.v26i0.6687


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